Teaching Special Education

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The demand for teachers specializing in Special Education grows as the enrollment of special needs students rises. Even in areas of the country where other teaching positions may be scarce, a need remains for special education teachers.

You can prepare for a career in special education by earning your teaching degree online from an accredited online university. Most states require special education teachers to possess a master’s degree in special education. Earn your master’s degree in teaching online as you continue to work as a classroom teacher or in another field.

Demands of Teaching Special Education

Special education teachers require a more broad-based general education than other classroom teachers. They must be empathetic to the needs of their students. They must be prepared for the relentless emotional demands of a special education classroom. Special education teachers may grade fewer papers, tests and homework assignments than general education teachers, but they must master a variety of teaching methods to reach their students.

Teaching Life Skills

Even in the case of students with mild to moderate disabilities, a special education teacher may expect to teach students appropriate behavior, emotional awareness, and social skills. At the upper grade levels, teachers may offer vocational training to prepare students for a career after graduation. Few teaching positions have such extensive demands, but the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of special needs students is extremely rewarding.